I think this is great, but the commenters are fucking hilarious.
I bet that there are some food banks in Chicago that could have made better use of that money.
I agree with many responders, that traveling with co-workers makes it business for 10-14 days for the employee. And it is showtime for the family members. And yes, taxes will have to be paid on it in 2010, and there is a possibility that some of the expenses were comped b/c she is Oprah and this is great advertisement for the selected cruise line. However, in this economy, the percentage of people that have a job, much less the percentage that can take a vacation (overseas or domestically) is shrinking. Ergo, I wish them a wonderful trip. Although I would much rather fly. Just ended my Alaskan Cruise and ships aren't my thing. I will stick to traveling by flight so I can get to where I am going.
It really is pitiful when someone has to buy friendship.
Oh PUh-Leeze, on a pro rated cost basis this would be like your boss taking you to 6 Flags for the day.
Nice touch, but have heard shes a real demanding, prejudicial (for her own type), simple and closed minded auger to actually work for. Pays well, but her "peoples" work day and night while she simply shows up for "make up and reading practice".
Other than that, have a nice time...probably have a better time if she wasnt on board.
As Phil Donahue once became old school and paved the way for the Large O, its time now she realize shes old school and make way for an up and coming person (not black female, but open to all classes, races, genders, ages).
I have nutin.
I am a black, proud woman. Oprah is a sell-out.
Her staff ain't black. Her talk ain't black. She no live in black hood. She ain't a sista.
Uncle Tom meet Aunt Oprah.